Book Review: Madwoman, Shara McCallum

Book Review: Madwoman, Shara McCallum   Poetry Collection: Madwoman, Shara McCallum   Shara McCallum is a professor at Penn State University. Named as the university’s 2021-2022 school year “Laureate,” she has been working diligently to raise awareness and appreciation for poetry in our community and our state. Her weekly feature on WPSU radio, Poetry Moment, […]

Blog Tour: Music of the Night, edited by Martin Edwards

Book Review: Music of the Night, edited by Martin Edwards Story Collection: Music of the Night, edited by Martin Edwards Blog Tour (belated posting) February 11, 2022   First, my sincere apologies to Anne Cater and the wonderful people at Flame Tree Press. This review was supposed to be posted on February 11. Since I […]

Blog Tour: The Black and White Museum, Ferdinand Dennis

Book Review: The Black and White Museum, Ferdinand Dennis   Story Collection: The Black and White Museum, Ferdinand Dennis Blog Tour December 10, 2021   The Black and White Museum is a collection of short stories by Ferdinand Davis, mostly exploring the life of Jamaican immigrants living in London. Sometimes funny, sometimes acerbic, often unexpected, […]

Book Review: How Long ‘til Black Future Month? N.K. Jemisin

Book Review: How Long ‘til Black Future Month? N.K. Jemisin   Short Story Collection: How Long ‘til Black Future Month? N.K. Jemisin   Published as a collection in 2018, How Long ‘til Black Future Month? is a collection of short stories from the imagination of the amazing N.K. Jemisin. Three time winner of the Hugo […]

Book Review: In the Event of Contact, Ethel Rohan

Book Review: In the Event of Contact, Ethel Rohan   Short Story Collection: In the Event of Contact, Ethel Rohan   The short story is an underappreciated art form. When done well, it carries the emotional impact of a boxer’s sweeping left hook. Novels and even novellas take time to develop. Their impact builds and […]

Book Review: Florida, Lauren Groff – National Book Award Finalist

Book Review: Florida, Lauren Groff Short Story Collection: Florida, Lauren Groff Florida was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and was named one of NPR’s “Books of the Year” for 2018. A collection of short stories is the official description, but this basic characterization fails to do it justice. It is a collection […]

Book Review: Heads of the Colored People, Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Book Review: Heads of the Colored People, Nafissa Thompson-Spires Story Collection: Heads of the Colored People, Nafissa Thompson-Spires Heads of the Colored People is a powerful collection of short stories exploring concepts of identity, class, race, body-image, and love among African Americans. Sometimes funny, sometimes gut-wrenching, always provocative, Nafissa Thompson-Spires uses powerful and piercing language […]